A fully rounded artist, one of a kind, who always manages to express his wealth of culture from the mcro to the macro, whether on paper, skin, or even on the theatre stage.

A polyglot of the visual arts and an exceptionally skilled communicator, possessed of the elegance, eccentricity and sense of humour of someone who has lived life to the full. His Queequeg in the Brera district of Milan, the most chic, bohemian part of the city, is a mecca for tattooists and tattoo lovers alike. As soon as you set foot in his tattoo shop/Museum you breathe in an atmosphere that is wonderfully retro, redolent of tattoo history, filled with documents, drawings, the smell of disinfectant, weird and wonderful objects and black and white boudoir photographs of plump, scantily clad ladies.

The baggage of a lifetime, his life, made up of journeys, rough and ready old school tattoos and sketches for theatrical scenery. He describes himself as a dandy, nostalgic for a tattoo scene which was more about meaning than just mere appearance, where the tattooist came into contact with a humanity that was as varied as it was amusing. In this #lockdown he sends us his regards from his home, among dachshunds, a new granddaughter barely six months old, and the irony which has always been his hallmark.

Gian Maurizio Fercioni, ph by Mario Teli
Gian Maurizio Fercioni, ph by Mario Teli

He has just published two ebooks with Tattoo Life: Tattoos by Gian Maurizio Fercioni Vol 1  and Vol 2 where he gives expression on paper to his unmistakable style, pure and authentic like the best Traditional. Here he has created a miscellany of the most in-demand subjects from Old School, with especial attention to the sea, his great love: ships, boats and sailing ships, anchors and whales, dolphins, sharks, octopus and other sea creatures, mythological creatures such as mermaids, as well as seagulls and other birds – with a final section dedicated to his studies of snakes, insects and wild animals. In his second ebook, Tattoos by Gian Maurizio Fercioni Vol 2 there are over 60 plates and hundreds of sketches and flash: mischievous demons, placid cherubs, sacred hearts, skulls and memento mori, studies of water and flowers, pin-ups, roses, daggers and much more: a precious digital anthology of the history of dyed in the wool Traditional.